I just installed Xubuntu on a Windows XP machine. I left Windows XP on the machine, and made a new logical drive, E, to which I installed Xubuntu. During the installation, I was asked to install "grub" something-or-other that would let me choose which OS I used at boot time. I tried several times to install that, but failed every time, so went on to finish the install without "grub."

I then got a message saying I would have to load Xubuntu "manually" by means of some kind of kernel operation. I have no idea how that works. Now, when I startup the computer it loads Windows and ignores Xubuntu.

I have tried to change the boot order, but the only relevant option is "Hard Disk," which automatically loads the OS on C. I cannot select my new logical drive E as the boot drive.

How can I load Xubuntu?

  • Did you install Xubuntu from inside Windows XP using WUBI.EXE? Please edit the original question with new information. – user68186 Apr 9 '14 at 20:33

grub is the program that starts Ubuntu. It needs to be installed and the partition needs to be marked bootable. Otherwise your computer will ignore it.

This is a common issue when someone installs Windows for instance, so how to fix it has been answered before: How can I repair grub? (How to get Ubuntu back after installing Windows?)

  • Will all the methods that work for Ubuntu work for Xubuntu? Also, I understand that some Grub help utilities do not work with a 32-bit microprocessor. – user267223 Apr 9 '14 at 21:02
  • It's the same operating system, but with a different desktop environment. So yes, installing them and bootloading, etc, is identical. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Apr 10 '14 at 14:30

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